How to make: Homemade Sauerkraut

Sauerkraut – German for Sour Vegetable – in this case Sour Cabbage!
fermented food is great for your gut and so easy to make!

There are so many things that can be homemade instead of purchased at a supermarket, and chances are it’s cheaper and healthier for you ! At least with homemade, you know exactly what is in it.

Sauerkraut is one of those foods that has been in the food-news lately, its full of good prebiotic bacteria that is great for your gut health and is supposed to be great for your overall health

I did originally buy a jar of Sauerkraut but it wasn’t until I had opened it I realised that the store-bought ones are pasturised so the bacteria are killed off… not exactly what I was after

However home-made Sauerkraut is SO easy to make…  it’s really ridiculous how easy it is.

You will need:

  • 1 cabbage
  • Water
  • Salt
  • 1 large clean jar with a lid

That’s it!

I started by cutting the cabbage into quarters to prepare it

salted shredded cabbage homemade sauerkraut

Shred the cabbage as fine as you can…

kitchenaid attachment homemade sauerkraut shredded cabbage homemade sauerkraut

thankfully I have a KitchenAid with a vegetable attachment that did all the hard work for me

After it is all shredded, take approx 3 tablespoons of salt (seems a lot but its essential for the brining to work) and mix throughly into the cabbage

salted shredded cabbage homemade sauerkraut

Stuff all the cabbage into the jar – it will fit!

Push is all the way down to the bottom of the jar, try to make sure that there aren’t any big air pockets.

Once all the cabbage is in the jar, top up with water – I’d recommend using filtered water if possible  – trying not leave too much air at the top, or you’ll get an air pocket between the water and the lid of the jar .

Put the lid on, seal tightly, and leave in a warm area for 4 – 5 weeks to let it sit and ferment – the longer you leave it, the tangy-er it will get.

I left mine on a south-facing windowsill, to soak up the heat and sunshine.

After the weeks have passed, it is time to try it!

Don’t worry if during the time, some of the cabbage has floated to the top  – as long as it hasn’t gone “mouldy” it is fine – if there seems to be a bit of “mould” or dry bits, just skim them off before eating. This might sound a bit scary, but it is fine to eat!

Also, if you push the cabbage down fully and put enough water in, this shouldn’t be a problem, even if some stray cabbage floats to the top.

This is how mine turned out

homemade sauerkraut

Once opened, consume within around 2-3 months – it will only get tangy-er,, it may last longer for you, but go by taste and you can tell when it is starting to turn!

What do you think? Easy huh! Delicious on a sandwich…

homemade sauerkraut on a bun

Have you ever made Sauerkraut, or any other pickled foods?  Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. Gloria

    July 14, 2017 at 14:22

    Not too difficult! I think I’ll try this! Thank you.

  2. Sharon Chanyau

    July 15, 2017 at 11:19

    Wow i have something new today. I had not heard of a Sauerkraut before but i am surely going it try. I like tangy tasting things.

    1. Jenny

      July 15, 2017 at 15:52

      You’ll love this !

  3. Talya

    July 15, 2017 at 14:07

    I love Sauerkraut it is supposed to be so good for you I have never tried making it though but seems a lot easier than I thought!

    1. Jenny

      July 15, 2017 at 15:52

      Yes I was surprised too but it’s so easy!

  4. The Mothers Room

    July 15, 2017 at 20:01

    I can’t believe it is as easy as that – I should really give it a try!

    1. Jenny

      July 15, 2017 at 20:01

      It certainly is just takes a few weeks but it’s worth it !

  5. Helene

    July 15, 2017 at 20:55

    Excellent recipe! In my country we usually make this in winter and it’s really delicious! And it’s so healthy as well.

  6. Newcastle Family Life

    July 15, 2017 at 21:59

    I have never tried this before, it looks so simple to make. I really should try it sometime x

  7. Cory @ Growing Dollars From

    July 15, 2017 at 23:41

    Never heard of this dish before I’m always open to trying something new. I hope it’s tasty!

  8. Claire

    July 16, 2017 at 02:15

    Never tried it but that cabbage looks super fresh! I love how it is so simple to make.

  9. Jenni

    July 16, 2017 at 22:01

    Wow I cant believe how easy it is to make, I don’t think I have tried it before

  10. Adele

    July 16, 2017 at 22:29

    I love fermented veg but have never actually tried sauerkraut! Definitely need to give this a go.

  11. tots2travel

    July 17, 2017 at 14:16

    I’m the only person in my house who eats this, but it does sound very straightforward. And healthy.

  12. Musings of a tired mummy...zzz...

    July 17, 2017 at 19:30

    I have never tried sauerkraut as I am not a fan of cabbage! My partner loves it though so I’ll show this to him!

  13. Katrina

    July 17, 2017 at 22:37

    This stuff is love it or hate it and I loveeeee it so this receipe is going to
    Get a lot of use thank

  14. Zena's Suitcase

    July 19, 2017 at 10:25

    I have to confess that I have never tried Sauerkraut, let alone make it. The recipe is really easy isn’t it. I will have to give it ago as we are trying to be healthy at the moment

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